fbpx

Romania: Rape of the Forest | People and Power

by Beckypublished on 19th May 2021

It is getting dangerous in Romania’s vast ancient forests. The figures are stark: Six rangers killed (two in 2019 alone) and a further 650 attacked with axes, knives and guns. The Carpathians, where 70 percent of Europe’s virgin forest is found, straddle Romania and Ukraine and are now the scene of a desperate battle between what has been dubbed the Timber Mafia and those risking their lives to protect this precious environment.

In recent years the effects of illegal logging on Romania’s rich biodiversity have been catastrophic; once-beautiful mountains and valleys reduced to barren expanses of earth, scarred by fallen and dragged timber. People & Power sent filmmaker Glenn Ellis to investigate

Up Next

leave-the-door-open
Here's the official music video for Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic's new single "Leave the Door Open".
sumo-world
Featuring rare behind-the-scenes access, 101 East goes inside the secretive world of Japanese sumo.
Adekunle Gold performs Live
The-Balcony-E4
The Balcony - where real people discuss real life situations. A reality/ talk show where a group of people come together on the Balcony and give the 'real talk'. Expect dramatic storylines, expect excitement, expect the unexpected!
savouring-the-past-paella
Embark on a culinary journey and dig into the hidden history of four favourite foods from Andalusia to the Levant.
gangs-papau-new-guinea